Rory Stewart is a one-to-watch wunderkind,
His two-part consideration of TE Lawrence of Arabia, as inspiration to the Taliban of today - and all guerilla fighters - and as a deeply thoughtful realpoliticiste, bitterly dismayed by the West's breaking of solemn promises given to a fledgling Arabian state, is compelling both for the relatively novel broadcasting technique of Stewart himself - it is still largely a head in various exotic location talking to camera, although framed and expressed with poise and poetry and occasional silence - and for the sandscapes, the backdrops to Lawrence's military and political endeavours, shot, perhaps predictably, cinematically.
Stewart's analysis of our self-interested carve-up of the Middle East is not his exclusive property but his simple freshness of approach makes Simon Schama, for instance, look like Ena Sharples. As well as shedding considerable light on why it is that those in the region with inherited memories of Lawrence's time so despise us, these programmes are pleasant to the eye, stimulating, informative and authoritative, this is good telly.
If he is elected, by the way, Stewart will highlight the utter vacuity and worthlessness of the prefect, Cameron; imagine, a parliamentarian, soldier, civil servant, academic, broadcaster and thinker, he'll be like a fish out of water.